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Film about poisoned spy Alexander Litvinenko to screen at Cannes

A documentary about poisoned Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko will have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this week, its co-director said Wednesday.

Andrei Nekrasov said "Rebellion: The Litvinenko Case," would screen at the prestigious festival on Saturday.

Trade magazine Variety said the festival would announce the addition to its schedule later Wednesday. Nekrasov, co-director Olga Konskaya and Litvinenko's widow, Marina, are expected in Cannes for the screening, Variety said.

Litvinenko, a former KGB agent turned Kremlin critic, died in London in Nov. 23, several weeks after being poisoned with the radioactive element polonium-210. On his deathbed, the 43-year-old Litvinenko accused President Vladimir Putin of being behind his killing.

British prosecutors announced Tuesday that they were charging Andrei Lugovoi, a former KGB bodyguard, with the murder and would seek his extradition from Russia.

Lugovoi strongly denied involvement and said the charge was politically motivated. Russia said it would refuse an extradition request.

Nekrasov, a friend of Litvinenko, had been making a film about the ex-spy before he was poisoned.

Russia's Ministry for Foreign Affairs is seriously concerned about the state of health of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Sergei Skrypal's niece, Victoria Skripal, said that her uncle had already died.

UK wants Sergei Skripal dead

The Basmanny Court of Moscow arrested Michael Calvey, the founder of Baring Vostok investment fund, on allegations of embezzling 2.5 billion rubles from Vostochny Bank. Calvey will be held in custody until April 13

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